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Materia Medica by Allen



RHUS TOXICODENDRON

(rhus-t)

POISON OAK ANACARDIACEAE

Adapted to persons of rheumatic diathesis; bad effects of eetting wet, especially after being over-heated.

Ailments: from spraining or straining A SINGLE PART, muscle or tendon (Cal., Nux) ; overlifting, particularly from stretching high up to reach things; lying on damp ground; too much summer bathing in lake or river.

Affects the fibrous tissue, especially (Rhod. — serous, Bry.) ; the right side more than the left.

Pains: as if sprained; as if a muscle or tendon was torn from its attachment; as if bones were scraped with a knife; worse after midnight and in wet, rainy .weather; affected parts sore to touch.

Lameness, stiffness and pain on first moving after rest, or on getting up in the morning, > by walking or continued motion.

GREAT RESTLESSNESS, anxiety, apprehension (Acon., Ars.) ; cannot remain in bed, must change position, often to obtain relief from pain (from mental anxiety, Ars.).

Restless, cannot stay long in one position.

Back: pain between the shoulders on swallowing; pain and stiffness in small of back < sitting or lying, > by motion or lying on something hard.

Great sensitiveness TO OPEN AIR; putting the hand from under the bed-cover brings on cough (Bar., Hep.).

Muscular rheumatism, sciatica, left side (Col.) ; aching in left arm, with heart disease.

Great apprehension at night; fears he will die of being poisoned; cannot remain in fed.

Vertigo, when standing or walking; worse when lying down (better when lying down, Apis) ; < rising from lying, or stooping ( Bry.).

Headache: brain feels loose when stepping or shaking the head; sensation of swashing in brain; stupefying; as if torn; FROM BEER; returns from least chagrin; < from sitting, lying, in cold, > warmth and motion.

Dreams of great exertion; rowing, swimming, working hard at his daily occupation (Bry.).

Corners of mouth ulcerated, fever blisters around mouth and on chin (Nat. m.).

Tongue: dry, sore, red, cracked; triangular red tip; takes imprint of teeth (Chel., Prod.).

Great thirst, with dry tongue, mouth and throat.

External genitals inflamed, erysipelatous, ïedematous.

A dry, teasing cough, before and during chill, in intermittent fever; cough, with taste of blood.

When acute diseases assume a typhoid form.

Diarrhoea: WITH BEGINNING TYPHOID; involuntary, WITH GREAT EXHAUSTION; tearing pain down the posterior part of limbs during stool.

Paralysis: with numbness of affected parts; from getting wet on lying on damp ground; after exertion, parturition, sexual excesses, ague or typhoid; paresis of limbs; ptosis.

Erysipelas, from left to right; VESICULAR, yellow vesicles; much swelling, inflammation; burning, itching, stinging.

 

Relations
Complementary: to, Bryonia.

Inimical: to, Apis, must not be used before or after.

Compare: Arn., Bry., Rhod., Nat. s., Sulph.

 

Aggravation
Before a storm; COLD, WET RAINY WEATHER; at night, especially after midnight; from getting wet while perspiring; DURING REST.

 

Amelioration
Warm, dry weather, wrapping up; warm or hot things; MOTION; CHANGE OF POSITION; MOVING AFFECTED PARTS.

The great characteristic of Rhus is that with few exceptions the pains occur and are < DURING REPOSE AND ARE > BY MOTION.

Sepia, often quickly > itching and burning of Rhus, the vesicles drying up in a few days.

Rhus is best antidoted by the similimum; the potentized remedy given internally. The dermatitis should never be treated by topical medicated applications; they only suppress, never cure.